Lookin’ Back: Don Ho – “Tiny Bubbles” (1967)

As much as we love covering current Pop music, it’d be a shame if we didn’t take a look into the past and recognize the artist that laid the groundwork so many years ago. Don Ho is one such artist, straight out of Hawaii, who made a decent sized splash with his single, “Tiny Bubbles”, in 1967. It spent many weeks in the Top 100 but just missed breaking into the top 50, peaking at 57.

Don Ho was born in 1930 but didn’t start to explore his musical side until his late 20s. He achieved fairly substantial success with numerous albums and singles like “Tiny Bubbles” and “Pearly Shells”. Although none were chart toppers, he made enough of a name for himself to appear on numerous TV programs in the 60s and even had his own variety show for a few years.

He passed away at the age of 76 due to a number of health issues that had been plaguing him for a number of years. Nevertheless, he achieved a level of mainstream success that the Asian-American community is still trying to replicate even after all these years. Don’s easy-listening music worked it’s way into the tapestry of Americana music, and we have the utmost respect for him.


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